Case Study: Supporting our new teachers

This year partnership schools have 20 newly qualified teachers (NQTs) starting in roles from reception to maths or language specialist at secondary. Most NQTs in Bristol would receive a day’s induction available through the local authority and then their school would be responsible for their ongoing support and training. At the Malago new teachers get to link and build relationships across the partnership from their very first day – both with other NQTs and with teachers and leaders who share the same specialism.


Headteacher Kate Richardson had four NQTs join Greenfield E-Act academy in September, all with different routes into teaching and spread across the school. As a Malago school Kate is able to release her NQTs once every new term for a learning session hosted at a partner school to look at a topics such as behaviour management or classroom organisation. Emily Jay is a year 4 teacher at Greenfield and commented, “It is certainly beneficial as a new teacher to see other local schools and find out about different ways of doing things. Even looking at other displays gives me something new to bring back to my class. Through the Malago meet-ups we’re now trialling a new literacy scheme.”


At Bedminster Down School, Assistant Head Avril Jordan oversees continuing professional development, including the programme for NQTs. As well as the three annual Malago days for NQTs they have regular in-school meetings with subject and house leads. This year Avril has seven NQTs, two through the Teach First programme. As the only secondary school in the partnership she finds witnessing primary practice particularly helpful for them, “For our NQTs seeing at first hand the next intake and the environment that their students have come from is beneficial.   Recently through the Malago days they got to discuss the use of other adults in the classroom, something that their primary colleagues had plenty of experience of to share.”


Teach First NQTs Abaigeal and Emily

Teach First NQTs Abaigeal and Emily


Abaigeal Burrell is teaching French at Bedminster Down and through the Malago is able to teach in three partner primary schools as well, “As I work in several of the primaries by the time Y6 students come to us we already have a relationship and the language work feels more natural to them.


Emily Britton-Drewry is also on the Teach First programme and teaches maths across the school. Through the Malago she is witnessing first-hand how primary maths can differ to what is expected of students by year 7. Now all schools are revising a joint calculation curriculum from years 5 to 8 developed during after-school twilight sessions. “Without the partnership and joint working you wouldn’t really consider where the children have arrived from and their previous experience of the subject. The Malago way of working brings no surprises. Transition is blurred and I have an extra level of specialist support to draw from.”

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